June 7, 2019 - Greensboro, NC
After spending a weekend in March looking at 20+ houses, narrowing it down to our top 3 to see again, and then finally making an offer. I'm glad we finally got here and the house is now ours. One of the big deciding factors (outside of proximity to campus) was whether or not there were jogging trails. I know that might not be important to some people, but everywhere I've lived since I started running has had easy access to trails. I just couldn't see giving that up now, especially with the twins.
So we chose a place in SW Greensboro that has a network of about 5miles worth of trails. I can drive to the nearby longer trail or take sidewalks along the busier roads to get in my longer runs. Super excited about this.
The process however to actually buy a house is intense, stressful, and something I don't want to go again for awhile. From the inspection appointments to repairs, and all the documentation that the mortgage company needs... IT WAS AWFUL. We were rushing around at the last minute but thankfully got everything completed in time to close.
And now we are the proud owners of a 4bed, 2.5bath house in the suburbs of Greensboro. Come visit!
1/27/19 - 11 months old!
Happy first New Year! I rang in NYE with Grammy and Pops while Mommy and Daddy spent a few days in Asheville. Then we headed home for the first time in weeks and played with all our new toys. We tried a bunch of new foods and love peanut butter, eggs (are back!), bread and yogurt. We also absolutely love to pull up on everything. We are big fans of standing up! We also both learned how to clap!! Gammy and Granddaddy came for a visit while Daddy was out of town- we love having visitors! We also celebrated Mommy's birthday!
12/27/18 - 10 months old!
We celebrated our first Christmas! We spent a lot of time on the road this month - first we spent a quick weekend up iin DC again. We got to see some holiday markets, eat at a mexican restaurant, and saw the Obama portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Then we headed South and were at Gammy and Granddaddy's in Raleigh. We met some of Mommy's friends, and then went on to Wilmington for Granddaddy's family xmas. Saw lots of people and it was a little overwhelming - but we got some super fun toys! Then we got to visit Santa!! He was funny looking and we didn't know how to react- but we didn't cry! We also got to play in a jeep- beep beep! Then it was christmas morning where we spent time with ALL of our family. It was a lot of fun
11/27/18 - 9 months old!
This month we celebrated two big holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving! G went as a Lil' Devil and L went as a Pumpkin. We were very cute and took fun photos for Mommy. We also went on a halloween stroller ride to see the neighborhood and all the other kids dressed up. We tried avocado and we hated it :( back to purees for us! Our newborn photographer was doing xmas mini shoots so we all went and had some fun holiday photos taken for christmas cards. Then it was time for Thanksgiving! We headed to the mountains to stay with Grammy and Pops. We had two big thanksgivings - one with all of mommy's extended family and one with all of daddy's extended family. Lots of new people!
10/27/18 - 8 months old!
This month we traveled to Raleigh twice! The first time was to watch Mommy run a half marathon, and the second was to stay with Gammy and Granddaddy while Mommy and Daddy went to Charleston for a wedding. Both times were lots of fun! We also visited the pumpkin patch near our home in Virginia. It was pretty cold that day but we got some fun photos. We bundled up for some winter stroller rides and tried out our fancy hats from Cassie. And finally we went out to eat at the Farmhouse restaurant and then cheered on Michigan to win!
October 13, 2018 - Sinkland Farms - Christiansburg, VA
One of the best parts about little kids is you have an excuse to do all the fun things you enjoyed as a kid. :)
Enter the pumpkin patch. We have a pretty nice one not too far from our place in Christiansburg. I had heard only good things so between feedings and naps I thought we could get the twins out for a little visit and some photos.
It's a little pricey- especially since we weren't there for very long. We loaded the twins into their carriers- Jon had Luke and I had Graham. After paying their fee and getting our stamps we headed over to the hay bale ride to get to the pumpkin patch area. It was a little chilly that day so the twins were kind of cold :\. We found a cute spot among the pumpkins and sat them down for some photos. Afterwards we wandered around the grounds, took a few more photos, and got a nice family shot! and then headed back to the car (because it was really really cold for the babies).
Enjoy their cute photos!
9/27/18 - 7 months old!
Another big month! We tried solid food for the first time - green beans - and absolutely LOVED it. More, more, more please! We like our high chairs too - and sometimes even fall asleep in them. We traveled to Waynesville to spend time with Daddy's family and have a special blessing on the knoll. We also moved into our own room and started sleeping in our own cribs. Plus football kicked off so we got to start cheering for our Tarheels, Wolverines, and Colts! And last but not least we got jumpers this month- the best things EVER!!
8/27/18 - 6 months old!
We started figuring out how to hold our own bottles this month! Free hands for mommy and daddy!! We like our new home a lot and have spent many hours playing on the floor with Mommy and Loki. We also got our own room! We're really getting the hang of tummy time! We love to laugh and wish we could do it all the time. We traveled to Raleigh toward the end of the month and got baptized! We spent time with lots of family- it was a special affair.
7/27/18 - 5 months old!
This was a big month! We attended our first wedding in cute sailor suits from our Great Nana. Congrats to cousin Brennan and Daniel! We also celebrated our first 4th of July and went swimming for the first time! G loved his float and chilling in the water, L was not a big fan of the float but was ok when Mommy was holding him. We also got to go visit Aunt Jordan at work and play on the microphones at her radio station. We met our Sophie giraffes this month and are BIG FANS. Oh- and we moved away from our first home (mommy and daddy's Blacksburg apartment) to a bigger, better townhouse in Christiansburg.
July 14, 2018 - Waynesville, NC
Twins first wedding!
Jon's cousin Brennan was getting married and asked that the twins come to the ceremony so they could be in the pictures. We dressed them in cute sailor suits (from my grandmother) that were a play on what Jon wore with his Aunt (Brennan's mother) got married. He was a sailor too! Can't make this stuff up.
Anyway we weren't sure how it was going to go so we sat with them in the back of the church in case we needed to go out. In general Brennan and Daniel had asked for no children to be present so we knew we were a special case and wanted to keep them as quiet as we could!
It was a little warm in there and Luke got a tiny bit fussy so Jon took him out before he could make any real noise. And then towards the end of the ceremony another baby started to cry! It wasn't us though- because the twins were both really good.
Afterwards we got some nice photos with the wedding party and family, and then headed outside to do a few of our own. :) Then it was time to take the twins home to hang out with a sitter while we had a little break and enjoyed the reception.
Was really nice to relax for the evening knowing they were in good care. First wedding for them and first evening away for us -- both were a success!